HORACE GREELEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/17/1867 For Sale
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THE CHAMPION OF MORALISTIC IDEALS WRITES OF OVERCOMING EVIL
HORACE GREELEY. ALS: "Horace Greeley", 1p, 4¾x5¾ ruled sheet. Albany, New York, 1867 August 17. To unknown recipient. Begins: "My friend". In full: "In my better moments, I derive consolation and strength from the precept, 'Be not overcome of evil, but over come evil with good.' Hoping that your life may largely and mine at least feebly and fitfully illustrate the lofty wisdom of this axiom, I am Yours". The idealistic founder and Editor (1841-1872) of the "New York Tribune", Horace Greeley (1811-1872) expressed his philosophy in this letter. The famed newspaperman made the "Tribune" the "political Bible" of the North by preaching his moralistic beliefs in its pages, which contained Greeley's views on politics and social reform as well as news and literary articles. In 1851, the phrase "Go west, young man", written by Indiana newspaperman John Soule, appeared in the popular paper. The phrase became a byword because of the influence of Greeley's publication, and Greeley also demonstrated his support of opening the West by founding a cooperative community, Union Colony, in what is today Greeley, Colorado. Greeley was renowned for his views on the evils of slavery, but following the Civil War (1861-1865), he favored general amnesty for the Confederates and also protested the two-year imprisonment of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who was held without a trial. On May 13, 1867, just three months prior to this letter, Greeley signed the bail bond that released Davis from Fortress Monroe. Because of his action, the popularity of both Greeley and his "Tribune" plummeted. Greeley, who had also founded "The New Yorker" (1834-1841), was Editor of the Whig paper, "Log Cabin" and served as a Whig in the U.S. Congress (December 4, 1848-March 3, 1849) to fill a vacancy, became disillusioned with the Whigs and affiliated himself with the new Republican Party. Instrumental in Abraham Lincoln's nomination in 1860, Greeley opposed Lincoln's re-nomination in 1864, and he would later openly criticize the corruption in Grant's administration. In 1872, the anti-Grant Liberal Republicans and the Democrats nominated Greeley to challenge Grant for the presidency. The newspaperman received more than 40 percent of the popular votes, but he carried only six states. Broken in body and spirit, Greeley suffered both mental and physical breakdowns. He died on November 29, 1872, before the Electoral College voted. Grant received 286 electoral votes and Greeley's 66 electoral votes were split among four people. Three Georgia electors voted for Greeley anyway, but by House resolution, the three votes were not counted. Lightly creased with folds, lower horizontal fold at the upper loops of the "G" and "l" of Greeley. Greeley has overwritten his last name, ink smudged at the "e" in Horace and at one word of writing. Stray ink mark at lower margin. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 30¼x21¼.
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